Enter the Forest Where it is Darkest
The Grail King said this, to the knights of the Holy Grail, "Enter the forest where it is darkest and there is no path." According to Joseph Campbell in The Heroes Journey. This is the only way to insure that it is your journey and not someone else's. Those of you that have read Campbell understand he speaks in metaphor and allegory.
As a Hypnotherapist I also utilize the power of this language in my work. The conscious mind only knows how to follow paths and in doing so keeps us trapped in repetitive patterns. Breaking these patterns through speaking to the subconscious mind, stirs curiosity and awakens us to new possibilities.
Covid-19 May Lead to the Dreaded Covid-15
You simply wanted to be safe, to protect your loved ones and now this. Instead, you are dealing with stress, sleeplessness and weight gain. Yes, the 15 lbs that are coming on fast and no wonder. Feeling trapped at home, gyms closed and snacking while watching Netflix. You forgot that you only drink on weekends. What weekend? What day is it anyway? Who can blame you, when you are dealing with so many stressors. I know how you feel. It is just plain wrong to have to feel this way.
That is why I created this weekly support just for you. People like us are Zooming together once weekly and are already seeing results. Tired of feeling like a victim then open this post to discover how to Release Your Inner Hero. Come out of this stronger than ever. Free until the Governor says we can come out to play.
Avoidance of Suffering Creates What?
The young monk who had just joined the order a few weeks prior was having a personal interview with his teacher. Master he stated, "I have been sitting now for two weeks many hours per day and it has been difficult, so I wonder what are the benefits of me sitting like this for an entire year?" The old master brought her fingers to her chin and pondered for a moment before answering. "The benefits for you, will have been a full year of sitting." The student of course was hoping for something more that he could aim for something that felt substantial. That would make it all worth while.
We live in a world of instant gratification where we are constantly told do this and your life will be much more comfortable. Do we even ask if that is our real goal to simply be more comfortable? Is that your goal?
Intention Can Change Your Destiny
This short verse from ancient Chinese Master Lao Tzu's book the Tao Te Ching accurately describes the change process with a strong admonition to be aware of the power of our thoughts, words and deeds. His verse reads as follows:
Watch your thoughts
They become your words
Watch your words
They become your actions
Watch your actions
They become your character
Watch your character
It becomes your destiny
It is easy to see the progression and he shows us the potential outcome and give us the keys to direct it. The first statement watch your thoughts urges us to simply bring awareness to them. This is a powerful and necessary step that enables us to begin to see the mind as a container of an endless looping story.
(I)+(T)+(A/T) = Transformation Process
This is a follow up to yesterdays blog on-Why New Years Resolutions Fail- at least most of the time. I referred to a Process Pledge as a tool to aid us in the creation of real change. It is a key piece of the Transformation Process. So when we break it down what is this pledge really? Think of a pledge as a promise, undertaking, commitment, assurance, bond, agreement and under law it is a surety, bond or collateral. Pretty serious stuff right.
About the Author
I, James Barfoot, have mentored with a spiritual teacher over 20 years. Over 30 years of Tai Qi, Qi Gong and Zen training. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner with eleven years and thousands of success stories, I have the ability to guide you to the result you desire.
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